Villa Spiza My New Favourite Restaurant

Firstly, did you know mussels are my favourite food in the world?



If you didn't you clearly weren't following my instagram as closely as you should have been when I was on my trip. Shame on you- go follow now, I can wait.... Anyway, as I was saying mussels are my favourite food in the world. Particularly when I am sat metre's from the sea.

Secondly, I pretty much never go as far as to remember the names of write about specific restaurants on here, so this place must've been good, so let me tell you about it. Villa Spiza came recommended to me from a couple of source's, which you can find here and here. I checked it out on Trip Advisor, mostly because I couldn't for the life of me work out whereabouts in Split it was, and it had even more incredible reviews. The best directions I can give you is, enter Diocletian's Palace from the Gregory of Nin statue, and turn right, follow the palace through & you'll come across a street called Kruziceva, Villa Spiza is just on the left hand side next to Charlie's Bar.

my crappy phone photo of the menu
The thing that endeared me to it the most was it's hand-written menu, on a piece of lined notepad paper (sorry about my crappy mobile phone photo's doesn't show details). It's super cheap, too, my whole meal cost 74kn; with around 10kn to £ it meant my meal cost me £7.40- ridiculously cheap!! The owner's buy their produce at the fish market during the day, before cooking it that night, so the menu is ever changing.

Inside there is approximately one table, the rest are at the bar for individual plate's as well as a couple of tables outside, which were already taken when I got there. This place takes rustic to a whole other level. It was handy that there were individual tables at the bar since I'd snuck off from the rest of my group to come here! I perused the menu and chose a very simple dish of mussels in garlic oil served some bread.


The mussels were incredible, and cooked perfectly. The plate, as you can see, was huge and full! And I did not need to add that piece of bread to it to make up for the gap where I'd already eaten some of the mussels. Not. At. All. (Whaaat? I couldn't help myself.)

Hype about this place is clearly getting around, as when I appeared in the door the first night I was in Split, I couldn't get in. It wasn't until the night I got to Split from the end of my Croatia Sail trip, a week later that I finally got to eat here. And I commend myself for my patience, it was absolutely worth it.

And you should try it too!















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Comments

  1. Don't you just love stumbling across these local restaurants that you probably never hear about in tourism guides and reviews but after dining there you just know you have to go back again! I can't say that I have ever tried mussels but after reading this I am intrigued to do so.

    Love the hand written menu! I know that may be a turn-off for many simply because of the apparent lack of professionalism but I would look at this as adding a more personal touch to your experience. Great review Sammi!

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    1. Yep, I will definitely be going back to Villa Spiza if I go back to Split.

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  2. And I am almost forgot to add, thank you so much for linking-up with us for #WeekendWanderlust this week! This would definitely be a great spot for someone to visit over the weekend and sample some of the recommended cuisine.

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  3. One of the things we remember from our road trip in Croatia is indeed food, cheap food!! We eat so much, so good and for such a little money :) i think next time we also we'll go for a sailing trip.

    Shere y Paul

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    1. Such good value for money, though since joining the EU last year I've noticed a sliiight rise in prices ;) but Villa Spiza was ridiculously good value, and definitely a yummy place.

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  4. We adore those wonderful little out of the way restaurants in Europe where you can eat amazing food for next to nothing. Great review and I love the directions!

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    1. It's the best way I can describe it, Diocletian's Palace is a maze to anyone not used to zig zagging through who doesn't know their way around.

      Just gotta know where to look, and trust travel blogger's to find these places haha :)

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  5. We visited Split last year and I remember having lunch in a little restaurant near Diocletian's Palace. It might of been Villa Spiza. We sat outside in one of the tables and really enjoyed our meal. Thanks for linking up this week to #Weekendwanderlust.

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    1. This place is *just* inside the walls. Amazing really considering the price. Awesome place. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. I absolutely adore mussels. We tend to grow up on them back in NZ. I will be visiting in the next few months so will be sure to check it out! :)

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    1. Yummy, we also grow them on the coast here in Dorset, and they are super delicious and fat! Nom, nom :) I love mussels!

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  7. Isn't it the greatest when you find a restaurant that you fall in love with? Thanks so much for linking up with us at #WeekendWanderlust! :)

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    1. So good, especially in a place that already feels a little bit like home :)

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  8. Yay, Sammi! I've missed this post earlier (yes, I've missed it on Instagram too :)). Anyways, so glad you went to Villa Spiza and it lived up to your expectation. We seriously love this place. Thanks for linking to our post.

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    1. It's delicious, yummy scrummy in my tummy. I would've eaten there every night if it hadn't been so busy!

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